Any speculation of wide receiver Mike Wallace being traded by the Pittsburgh Steelers has been put to rest. General manager Kevin Colbert let it be known Saturday evening that the Steelers have no plans to trade the team’s leading receiver from last season.
Now that we know the full intentions of the Steelers’ organization regarding the four-year receiver, it is now up to Wallace to decide whether he is going to sign his $2.7 million restricted free-agent tender offer, or just sit out for the 2012 season.
It is certainly clear that Pittsburgh wants Wallace to be a part of the team for this season, and keep their strong corps of receivers together. Further evidence of attempts to keep the offense in tact is the recent five-year, $42.5 million contract extension given to wide receiver Antonio Brown this past week.
Keeping every key element of this offense, which ranked 12th in the NFL last season with 372.3 total yards per game, will help in every way, especially while getting accustom to new offensive coordinator Todd Haley and a new playbook.
In addition, Wallace’s presence will help a suspect running game that will be without leading rusher Rashard Mendenhall for possibly the first half of the season, and an offensive line that will possibly have four starters with no more than three years experience each.
Over the past two seasons, Wallace has amassed 132 receptions for 2,450 yards and 18 touchdowns, averaging 18.8 yards per reception while being named to the Pro Bowl for the first time in 2011.
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